Opposition takes power in South Africa's capital

A representative of South Africa's main national opposition party on Friday became mayor of the metropolitan area of the administrative capital Pretoria, ousting the historic liberation movement African National Congress for the first time since the end of apartheid in 1994.

The Democratic Alliance has traditionally been known as a pro-business party dominated by white people.

But it now has a black leader, Mmusi Maimane, and made gains in the August 3 municipal elections, while the ANC saw its share of all votes drop to 54 per cent from 62 per cent in the last local elections in 2011.

"We will ensure our people get the services they deserve," the website News24 quoted new mayor Solly Msimanga as saying.

The DA also took Port Elizabeth from the ANC and retained its majority in Cape Town, meaning it now governs three of South Africa’s eight large, so-called metropolitan municipalities.

It was not yet clear who would govern the business hub Johannesburg.

Many South Africans have criticized the ANC - once headed by Nelson Mandela - for corruption scandals involving President Jacob Zuma, sluggish economic growth and a failure to eradicate poverty.

Last update: Fri, 19/08/2016 - 19:09
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